Top 10 wines in the US press
A grand cru grower Champagne scented with “honey and hazelnuts” and a “spectacular” Chilean red produced with Manchester United FC stand out in this week’s line up.
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It’s a difficulty few will face, but for an astronaut, enjoying a cocktail in a dignified manner, not out of a squeezy bag, is just not possible – until now.
These wineries provide a good cross-section of Paso Robles at its best – garagiste and estate, established and new, affordable to very expensive.
In the magazine
The director of an Indian distillery is being held in connection with the murders of two tax officers, local reports claim.
British wine importer Hallgarten Druitt is this year freezing prices for the retailers it supplies, with the company’s managing director pointing to cost savings elsewhere as the reason.
The ‘Sideways effect’ is being reversed and consumers are starting to fall back in love with Merlot according to one of California’s top producers.
BrewDog has launched a beer for “invalids and convalescents” inspired by a passage found in a medical textbook published in 1843.
The Chancellor George Osborne will “definitely” cut duty on beer for the third year in a row when he announces the UK Budget later this month, according to reports.
The Labour party has “out-Ukipped” UKIP, with five-times as many of its election candidates pledging support for community pubs than its famously beer-loving rivals.
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China’s post-boom hangover hit Australia far less than Bordeaux, and the potential for top-end wine is as great as ever, according to Andrew Caillard MW.
A 57 bottle vertical of Pétrus and prestige Champagne cuvées from Salon, Krug, Gosset and Selosse will lead Christie’s next Hong Kong sale this month.
It is hardly “hold the front page” news, but last month’s dip in the Liv-ex 100 was a little disappointing after such a strong January.
Bob Betz MW, winemaker at the Betz Family Winery in Washington State, on ambition, arrogance and how a bottle of 1968 Heitz Martha’s Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon sparked his love of wine.
Veuve Clicquot will be the first company to produce packaging using grapes when the Champagne house launches its newest “Naturally Clicquot” next month.
Champagne shipments surpassed 307 million bottles in 2014, an increase of 0.7% on 2013, when the region sold 304m bottles worldwide.
Champagne Mercier has launched a blanc de noirs for the French market following an investment in new packaging and an expanded range by brand owner Moët.
Lanson has started using oak vats to improve the quality of its future Brut NV Champagne, according to the brand’s new cellar master, Hervé Danton.
Drinks giant Pernod Ricard has announced a number of new appointments including a number of key positions for Asia.
The modern wine trader is undoubtedly a demanding beast. Not only do they want to keep costs down, but they want more visibility, increased flexibility of supply, as well as faster access to information.
A European labelling company has launched in the UK providing a “game-changing” online service.
Norbert Dentressangle is providing fast-growing St Austell Brewery with a distribution platform, supporting the company’s continued expansion.